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Blanche Parent, interviewed by Don Cyr


Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

A series of interviews and supplemental manuscript material on dowsing or water witching, most conducted as part of a class project in Edward D. “Sandy” Ives’ Oral History and Folklore: Fieldwork (AY 125) course at the University of Maine in 1984. Other accessions were added to the series because of their focus on dowsing. Dowsers discuss techniques and materials; uses of dowsing in archaeology learning to dowse; beliefs about dowsing; dowsing as a way of healing; locating ley lines; and tell dowsing stories.


  • 1984

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From the Collection: 60 items

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


2369 Blanche Parent, interviewed by Don Cyr for AY 425, fall 1994, Van Buren, Maine. 50 pp. Tape: 1 w/ transcript. Parent describes the Catholic Church in Lille, Maine; her childhood; the history of Lille; the Daughters of Wisdom (an order of nuns); dowsing for buried treasure; dowsing; music; outbreak of plague; and various people she has known. Also include: table of contents and Xeroxed photographs. Text: 47 pp. of transcript, table of contents, interviewer’s journal, copies of photos. Recording: C 1418.

Repository Details

Part of the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States